Cosmetic tattoo - before, during, after
Speaking of tattoos as makeup is not referring to female body tattoos. If I were to write about that I would certainly begin with Mrs. Stevens Wagner who is believed to be the first tattooed lady (at least in the circus). Maud Stevens Wagner was married to Gus Wagner, a tattoo artist in the circus. Gus was also tattooed but it appears both he and his wife approved of him practicing his craft on her. Though Maud was an aerialist and a contortionist she was known most for her tattoos. You can see from the picture I have posted it looks like her hands and face are the only places not tattooed. It seems circus and tattoo went hand and hand in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Today the title "Most Tattooed Woman in the World", seems to belong to Sarah Ferguson also known as Julia Gnuse (in the Guinness Book of World Records).
Tattoos, tattooed ladies, body tattoos, nothing new there. Actually ancient civilizations were using tattoos for religious purposes, for status, and for decoration, but, that is NOT what this hub is about. If you want to read more about tattoos and see some extraordinary examples of beautiful tattoos go to theLyricwriter's Profile page and pick a hub out of the myriad of beautifully written and illustrated hubs about all manner of tattoo designs. My previous hub about tattoos was more general than I intend this one to be. As you can see in my first photo here,when I say cosmetic tattoo I certainly mean cosmetic.
Tattoos continue to be administered as they were in 1907 (Maud Wagner) but they have also found a new use, one that is cosmetically pleasing and in some instances actually helpful to some women. I speak with first-hand knowledge, but more about that later. Now, what is cosmetic tattooing?
What is cosmetic tattooing/tattoo makeup? First let me explain there are other names for tattoo makeup such as permanent makeup, permanent cosmetics, dermapigmentation, micropigmentation, and cosmetic tattooing. According to Wikipedia, "In the United States and other countries, the inks used in permanent makeup and the pigments in these inks are subject to FDA or similar agency regulation as cosmetics and color additives." That makes cosmetic tattooing different than regular tattoos and it is good news...no worrying about bad ink or poisonous additives (though most tattoo parlors have done away with that worry anyway).
Well, no matter what you call it, its the use of tattooing to permanently apply makeup to any area, usually the face. For example, you can have a pink or red tattoo around your lips giving you a permanent lip liner or fill in your lips completely to look like you are always wearing lipstick. While I don't see this as essential some women do. However, many of us notice as we age things grow where we don't want them and don't grow where we do want them (no gentlemen you cannot tattoo your hair back), so we find ourselves looking in the mirror and seeing sparse eyebrows and eyelashes. Makeup of course can help but what if you don't want to apply it everyday? It isn't cheap after all...or, as in my case, what if you are allergic to it and can't wear it? Possible answer....TATTOO!
Getting a cosmetic tattoo is just like getting any tattoo...there will be a needle and there will be ink. A hollow needle will pierce the top layer of the skin and insert the ink...is it painful? You becha! Does the pain last long, nope. Is it worth it? You becha! Okay, before I go any further I guess I should tell you about my cosmetic tattoo.
I have always had trouble wearing eye makeup. No matter what brand or type I buy my eyes water and itch after the first hour. If I want to go home after the first hour I'm fine but usually I want to stay out or stay at the wedding, or whatever. Also, as I mentioned earlier, age had taken away a few of my already pale eyelashes leaving me look like I am sleep deprived and getting older by the minute. Years ago a friend had eyeliner tattooed on her upper eye lids. I thought it looked fabulous and wanted it done immediately. The problem was she had it done in Florida and I live in New York. While my husband loves me and often gives in to me I don't think the price of a trip to Florida would be something he'd consider so I could get my eyelashes tattooed.
Over the next couple of years I thought about it but didn't do much else. About five years ago my neighbor came over and said, "look at my eyes". I told her it looked like her eyeliner was perfect. She said, "I just got it tattooed on." Now, I know she saw the smile on my face but I don't think she saw the light bulb go off over my head. "Where?" was all I could muster. When she told me it was at a nearby beauty parlor I proceeded to pump her for all the necessary information.
The lady that had done her eyes was a 'Permanent Makeup Technician' who worked out of a plastic surgeon's office and that beauty parlor that was near us. Seems there are several plastic surgeons that offer this service. They don't do it themselves, but have technicians in their office who do it. So, I was impressed.
Three days later I went to my appointment to have my eyelids tattooed. The lady was very nice, explained her technique, her credentials and how it was done. She also explained that in about three months I should have it done again to make sure it wouldn't fade for years. We discussed what I wanted...since I was nearly sixty I told her I needed something "understated" but noticeable. Though I would've loved the dark thick liner seen on many young girls, I knew I was too old for that. I need a very thin line that would blend well with my blonde hair. She decided on a brown/black color mixture and agreed to the fine line.
When she first began I thought, oh this is a piece of cake...doesn't hurt at all...but then she went over the line several times. Each time she did it became more tender and I would have to say a little painful. First one eye, then the other. When she finished she showed me in a mirror. Well it was a little surprising but she explained it was swollen and the swelling would go down and the color wouldn't be as pronounced. I was sent on my way and told to keep it clean, apply ice and apply vaseline to keep it from drying out. I followed her directions and in about three days the swelling went down and the color lightened. By the end of a week it was just what I wanted!
Performed by skin care specialists, tattoo artists, nurses and even physicians, permanent cosmetics is a specialty that falls under cosmetology and esthetics.
One need for permanent cosmetics is arthritis. Some statistics show a substantial, average increase of 34% in all states. 10 of the states anticipate increases from 50% to 90%.
The average income for these workers as of 2010 was $32,030 per year. The top 25 percent of skin-care workers earned $40,810 annually.
By some estimates, permanent make-up saves as many 100 hours a year in make-up application!
As with any tattoo or colorant (pigment) in general, fading can and often does occur, requiring periodic maintenance referred to as color re-enhancement or color refreshing.
Choose a technician carefully by considering training, experience, compliance with state and local laws, and the technician’s before and after photograph portfolio.
While eyebrows may show little after effect, eyeliner and lips may show slight to moderate swelling. This is very dependent upon the amount of work performed.
There are permanent makeup school is almost every state.
FAQ's from: eHow.com, facialplasticsurgery.net, spcp.org/faq, 24/7pressrelease.com
So, why would you want to do this? Everyone has their own reasons...Like me, allergies (not being able to wear eye makeup at all), for some fading eyesight makes it difficult to apply makeup for others arthritis (and trying to wear eyeglasses while you apply makeup just doesn't seem to cut it), to save time and money not having to apply eyeliner everyday, not worrying about makeup 'running' or rubbing off, etc. Why wouldn't you want to do this? There are those afraid of tattoos, it is mostly permanent, and like all tattoos, the color will fade over time and you may need to have it done again. I can say its been over five years and mine's hanging in there! I have read some people's claims it lasts up to seventeen years without a touch up. Now for someone young that might be a problem but for me, well, I don't know if I'll want a touch up at 77 years of age!
Another very popular tattoo is eyebrows. As I said, when we age the things we want sometimes begin to fade or thin out and sometimes our hands are not as steady as they used to be or our eyesight not as good. Having eyebrows tattooed on eliminates the worry of applying eyebrow pencil. Of course there are also women with Alopecia who have no hair and tattooing is a convenience and a cosmetic plus. Others just want to make sure their eyebrows look the same everyday.
Tattooed makeup is not for everyone but for those interested in a permanent no mess makeup look it could be for you. The most important thing if you choose to go this route is to make sure the person doing the tattooing is licensed, knowledgeable and works in a clean/sterile environment. Happy Tattooing!
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